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Where should we invest?

An optional ranking activity, asking learners to rank the priorities of investment for microbiology from their own perspective.
Now you’ve explored some of the applications of microbiology research, we would like you to reflect on what you’ve learned and share your ideas!

In 2018, the UK Government committed £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance. But if you were in charge of public spending for a day, how would you prioritise the investment of resources for microbial application, for the benefit of wider society?

The below ‘Vote’ link will take you to an optional activity in Here, you’ll find a list of possible applications of microbiology where, from your own perspective, you can rank the five options from highest to lowest in importance of investment.

Once you’ve ranked the options, take a look at the results to see how other learners have prioritised the applications, using the ‘Results’ link, below.

Vote Results
Please note: JavaScript is required to launch the ranking application Mentimeter.

Here are the results as of 2nd November 2020

bar chart showing 1st place: tackling climate change, 2nd place tied: cleaning up pollution and developing new vaccines, 4th place: developing new antimicrobials, 5th place: increasing food production

How do your results compare, and what do you think about the highest and lowest scoring results?

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